Below you will find some anecdotes I’ve encountered during my first year of being Gluten Free. I’m sharing with you to (1) provide some comic relief as being Gluten Free can be stressful and (2) to ask for your funny stories in return. Who knows, maybe someday, some creative mind will make a commercial out of one of these stories.
The Travel Guide
With little confidence I would actually get help, I entered a nameless travel agency in the Raleigh area to inquire about resorts in the Caribbean who could offer safe Gluten Free meals. I’ve never vacationed in that part of the world before and had no idea if anything existed that could accommodate my Gluten Free-ness. The nice travel agent took down all of my information and said they would do some “research” and call me back. About five minutes later, I received a phone call from the travel agent who needed more clarification on what exactly it meant to be “Glutton Free”. Shockingly, I did not use their services to book my vacation.
The Christmas Party
I attended a Christmas party shortly after my diagnosis. The gracious hosts were great about getting a TON of Gluten Free treats including one of my favorites, RedBridge. There was so much GF food for me; it could have lasted through 10 Christmas parties. The party also had many of the normal holiday treats which were not Gluten Free. The best solution for a mixed party is to separate the Gluten Free from the not Gluten Free so my items were moved to a pantry area. That way no cross-contact can occur. Throughout most of the night, I spent a lot of time in the pantry area, going in and out of the door – better than spending a lot of time in the restroom I guess. Some folks at the party had not heard of my diagnosis yet and I got some funny questions about why in the world I was heading off to the closet again. It was a good conversation starter. During the party, I didn’t really think about the humor of the situation too much since I was so excited the hosts went through the effort of accommodating my dysfunctional immune system. But I realized afterward just how isolating being Gluten Free was going to be. Unless Gluten Free products become better tasting and more mainstream, this kind of situation is going to be pretty commonplace.
These are just a few of the funny situations I’ve found myself in recently. Please email me your funny story or leave a comment below.